§ 37. Mr. Lipton
asked the President of the Board of Trade what quantity of potatoes has been imported as the result of the licences he has recently issued.
§ Mr. Lipton
Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that the idea of these imports was to bring down the excessive price of potatoes? Does he recollect that on 13th November, his superior but silent officer-commanding said that it was Government policy to go on granting licences until the excessive price of potatoes was brought down? What is the Minister doing? Is he granting more licences? What effective steps is he taking to reduce the price of potatoes?
§ Mr. Rodgers
During October, there was a possibility that marketings of the home crop, which had been delayed by bad weather, might become heavier and the Government were reluctant to allow imports to begin until they were satisfied that this would not be the case. In fact, the licensing began a month earlier this year than last year.